Want a hot little hatchback? You could do a lot worse than a Mini. But as with many cars, your budget will determine how much speed you get: Cooper, Cooper S, JCW or – with the first-gen model, anyway – the top-of-the-line John Cooper Works GP.

Introduced just before Mini launched the second-generation model line, the GP edition packed more power, less weight and a sportier suspension. After receiving reports a few months ago that Mini was planning a similar version of the current model, we brought you spy shots a few weeks ago of a prototype hatchback wearing some tell-tale signs of GP-ification. But what is this? A GP coupe?

That's what it would seem, with the less versatile and more backwards-hat-wearing Mini Coupe wearing a minimally camouflaged lower fascias front and rear, plus four-spoke wheels like the first GP edition.

The question is whether Mini is planning GP versions of both the hatchback and coupe, or if one of these prototypes is merely a diversion of some sort. We'll have to wait to find out, but you can take a closer look at the spy shots and start to wonder as well.


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      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the mini coupe. The only thing I don't like is that you get less mini for more money.
      Johnny_Se7en
      • 2 Years Ago
      MINI it's a lifestyle. Everyday I get when I get in my Cooper S I smile and say that's a nice car
        untitledfolder
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny_Se7en
        True story. Me too.
        indifferent
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny_Se7en
        Me too, I love my Cooper S. And yet that Coupe ranks top on my list of the ugliest car ever produced in the current century. Then again I’ve only seen two of them in the wild, versus the countless hatchback (and to a lesser degree country man) versions, so I may not be alone with that opinion.
      MattMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      This looks seriously good to me. If it's anything like the last GP, we're all in for a treat.
      thedriveatfive
      • 2 Years Ago
      Im the only one hoping for a diesel variant from Europe to be federalized here I think.... still I want one.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Making11s
      • 2 Years Ago
      To each his own and all that, but I just don't get the appeal of this car. The regular Mini Cooper I get but not this.
      rayhondafan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Enough already, it makes one numb even to think about yet another Mini variant. The price point is so high that buyers should go directly to BMW instead. I had a Mini Cooper S before, the clutch won't even last beyond 37,000 miles. It was cute and fun to drive. But the suspension is bone hard, and way too noisy inside. It is not a good daily driver.
        untitledfolder
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rayhondafan
        It should definitely be enough already because "rayhondafan" on the internet said so, MINI. In other news, MINI is having their best sales quarter after quarter... Known lots of people at northamericanmotoring.com who don't have problems with 37,000 mile clutch death or too noisy interior. Do their anecdotes cancel yours? Yay anecdotes!
      RB
      • 2 Years Ago
      MINI! Morons!
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool car. Horrifically overpriced.
      raptor2569
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can we say WAY over priced.
        Ryth
        • 2 Years Ago
        @raptor2569
        Agreed...but it's a nice car...but yes...over priced.
      Chip
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess I'll be one of the minority and say I don't think it looks good at all.
      moredanyou
      • 2 Years Ago
      Me likes...
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